Archibald (Arch) R. Craig, 79


Archibald R. Craig  passed away on May 1, 2008 at Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y., surrounded by his loving family and friends.

 Arch was born on April 8, 1929 in North Hebron, the son of Archibald Nelson and Lillian (Fleming) Craig. On October 29, 1949, he married the love of his life, Pauline (Polly) Francis Jenkins.

 Arch led an amazing and diverse life. He graduated from Granville High School in 1946. Arch did farming for a while, as well as short employment at Telescope Casual Furniture. Following that, he owned and operated a poultry farm and sawmill. In addition to sawmill duties, he created rustic furniture. In the early 1970s, Arch went to work selling real estate for the late John Andrus. After learning the ropes he opened and ran his own real estate business with his wife Polly. He obtained the GRI designation.

 Arch served the community of Hebron as a leader for many years. He served on the Town Board as well as having served as Supervisor of the Town of Hebron. He was a member and elder of the East Hebron United Presbyterian Church, the East Hebron Grange, the DeMolay, a former member of the Salem Rotary Club, a founding member of the Hebron Preservation Society.  He was honored with the Community Service Award from the General John Williams Chapter of the DAR in Salem. Arch was an inspiration to all and influenced the lives of many people. He was a great listener and an even better advisor. In his “free” time, Arch enjoyed playing the bagpipes, reading, and woodworking. He had a particular interest in old cars. In the past 14 years, Arch cared tirelessly for his wife Polly. They enjoyed many trips to Scotties in Granville, where they ate most of their meals with their many friends there. Their dear friends Aileen A. Murauskos, Heidi Mayo, Heidi Dybas, Simmons Henderson and Sandra Buxton aided Arch in his wife’s care.  Those very same dear friends pledged their assistance to Arch as well, had he been able to return to his home.

 Arch was predeceased by his wife Polly, a sister Patricia C. Parmeter and a brother-in-law Harold Jenkins. Survivors are his two daughters: Deborah Craig and Dorothea Casey and her husband George, all of Greenwich, a brother, Harold Craig and his wife, Drucille, of North Hebron, and a sister, Jane Watrous, and her husband, Ivan, of Hebron, a brother in law, John Parmeter, of Malone, N.Y. and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Jenkins of Malta, NY. Also surviving are a grandson, Michael, a niece and several nephews and their spouses.

 Friends called on Monday, May 5, at the Robert M. King Funeral Home at 23 Church St. in Granville, and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the East  Hebron United Presbyterian Church with a funeral service at 7 p.m.. Friends and family attended the burial on Tuesday, May 6,  at the East Hebron Cemetery.

 A scholarship is being instituted at the Granville High School in Arch’s name for a Granville graduate who is attending college to major in History.




Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

About Manchester Newspapers

View all posts by Manchester Newspapers

Classifieds 10/07/15

Scottie’s closing doors ‘for good’


By Christina Scanlon There was no sign on the locked doors Tuesday morning, but everyone in town was already spreading […]

Facebook probe concludes – in private

Board of Ed 2014

By Dan King The investigation into the alleged hacking of Whitehall School District clerk Martha Bascue’s Facebook page is now […]

Bridge-walkers beware

Saunders Street Bridge 1874

By Dan King We might all be criminals without even knowing it. If you’ve ever strode across the Saunders Street […]

Superintendent introduces policy book

By Dan King Interim school superintendent Bill Scott has given the Whitehall Board of Education an eight-part policy book that […]

Edward’s Market celebrates one year anniversary


By Christina Scanlon It was chilly out Monday morning, as some gathered at the front door of Edwards Market, waiting […]

Budget hearing Oct. 14

By Dan King After two workshops to hash things out, Whitehall Town Board members have put forth a proposed budget […]

Lakes Region Freepress – 10/02/15

Northshire Freepress – 10/02/15

Weekender – 10/02/15

Lakes Classifieds – 10/02/15

North Country Freepress – 10/02/15